Disney Files Permit for New Meet and Greet Spot

Cinderella Castle
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New characters will be coming to the Magic Kingdom this fall.

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cinderella walking to the castle

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Goodbye Merida

Currently, Disney Park Guests can meet Merida from Brave (2012) at the Fairytale Garden meet and greet space at Magic Kingdom.

Merida Meet and Greet

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The Fairytale Garden location has been home to multiple character meet and greet opportunities through the years. Located near Cinderella Castle, the spot is across from Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe and adjacent to the Cheshire Cafe. Before Merida had her residency, Disney Guests could meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider from Disney’s Tangled (2010).

Hello Mirabel

Confirmed by Walt Disney World Resort, the location will be the new home for Mirabel from Walt Disney Studios’ Encanto (2021). A permit filed by Adena Corporation is listed for “General Construction” at the Fairytale Gardens location. Adena has been contracted by Disney and has previously worked with other theme Park construction projects at SeaWorld and Six Flags.

Mirabel at Disney California Adventure

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Although Disney has not released concept art of the newly reimagined space, it will include whimsical décor inspired by La Familia Madrigal.

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Maybe Bruno?

Disney has recently opened up casting for individuals to audition as Bruno. It’s possible that he may join Mirabel, but Disney has yet to confirm where or when he will appear at Walt Disney World Resort.

mirabel and bruno from Encanto

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Currently, characters from Encanto (2012) are rare at Disney World theme Parks. Usually, Mirabel is only available for meet and greets during runDisney races. However, she has appeared more frequently in Paradise Gardens Park at Disney California Adventure and Disneyland Park.

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In the meantime, Merida is still available for meet and greets through August, as with all other characters in the Magic Kingdom. The area still contains tapestries inspired by Brave (2012), archery equipment, and a large stone table.

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)